ERHS @ Sparks: All-City Championships
The Jaguars wrapped up their regular season with the annual all-city meet down at Sparks Stadium. And in spite of sounding like a broken record, the Jags continued to roll with great times in the great weather!
Athlete of the Meet went to Mareonna Henderson, who bettered our women’s high jump school record with her leap of 5’3” on her first attempt, breaking the 3-way tie that existed between Mareonna, Brooke Peterson, and Jessica Brodie at 5’2”. Mareonna followed that up with a second place finish in the 100 meter dash in a season best time, ran another great 300 hurdle race for second, and ran a great leg (59.5) on our 4x400 relay that currently ranks 6th in state.
No other school records were broken, but we had plenty of highlights. Henderson was joined in the hurdles by Karlee Stueckle, who bettered her state-leading time to 42.39 and then ran a great anchor leg on the same relay (56.5). Other members of the relay included Sophia Brown and Carley Huber, the latter having just run a personal best of 61.9 in the women’s 400 (not bad for a freshman!). The men’s hurdles also had plenty of personal bests as freshman Colin Rice (45.61) and juniors Brandon Black (46.38) and Jack Jindra (48.25) each lowered their lifetime bests. Jindra also went on to set personal bests in the long jump and 100 meter dash.
In other sprint events, Xavier Willis (100 & 200), Yahir Gonzalez (100), David Garibaldo (100 & 200), Keyshaun White (100 & 200 & LJ), KJ Saunders (200), Justyn Forward (200 & LJ), Josh Pemberton (200), Noah Stalker (200 & 400), Filemon Beni (400), Jordan Williams (100), Sage Jacquay (100 & 200), Jackie Blas (100 & 200), Aleira Artis (200), Sammie McGinty (200), and Sydney Kuhlman (200).
The distance runners also had a strong showing, taking advantage of some great competition. It began with personal bests from Emily Wells (12:02), Hannah Scheerer (11:56), and Melody Ferguson in the women’s 3200, and was followed up by Roz Slichko (5:10) with the win and personal best in the women’s 1600. She was joined by Emma Colley, who had a season’s best. On the men’s side, Christian Galang and Joey Padilla both had personal bests in the 800 and they were joined by Adam Volkman (1600), Brandon Bennett (1600), and William Baer (1600) in the other distance events.
The field events also had plenty of action. In addition to Henderson’s school record, freshman KJ Saunders equaled his personal best of 6’ in the high jump, as did freshman Hugo Ntanda (5’8”). In the long jump, freshman Justyn Forward (17’9”), Keyshaun White (17’4.5”), Jack Jindra (16’3”), Theo Engelmann (15’2”), and Jordan Williams (14’) all had personal bests as well.
The throws continued to be an area full of improvement for our young squad. Sophomore Jonah Mains extended his personal best out to 48’11” in the men’s shot and was joined by CJ Roberts and Tyler Bennet in the personal best column. Not done yet, Jonah came back and threw a huge personal best in the discus as well (122’6”) for the narrow win; he was joined in the discus by Daniel Lewis (114’11”), CJ Roberts (96’2”), Tyler Bennet, and Joseph Castro, who all had lifetime bests. The javelin also saw PRs from Mitch Douglas, Justin Cummings, and Cameron Watson.
On the women’s side, Ellie Peterson had another great day at the track, moving up the all-time list again with her throw of 96’8” in the discus; her teammate Thanatcha Dorn-In also had a PR in the discus and the shot put, and Isabelle Fontana had a personal best in the shot put.
We have had a great season with plenty of first-time Jag track athletes joining us for their freshmen and sophomore seasons. It has been an absolute pleasure to watch them improve over the course of the season, and we are excited to continue to work with those that have qualified for the post-season.
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